Before you open an email from a law firm, you may want to give it a second look. Cybersecurity experts and legal industry observers say scammers are commonly impersonating lawyers in emails because they know people are more likely to respond to a lawyer when requesting sensitive data or payments.

Alex Holden, chief information security officer of risk management company Hold Security, said many emails impersonating law firms are phishing attempts to share fake legal documents laced with malware. Others are offering fake settlements or other rewards in an attempt to obtain personal information, he said.

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